Ikigai Law > New Delhi, India > Firm Profile

Ikigai Law
B-99, GULMOHAR PARK
NEW DELHI
India

India > Data protection Tier 1

Ikigai Law is headed by Anirudh Rastogi , Nehaa Chaudhari and Aparajita Srivastava who is well rated for her ‘high degree of understanding of the data economy’. Based in New Delhi, the team is considered ‘young’ and ‘razor sharp’ when advising on any aspects of data governance and the ever-changing regulatory landscape. It keeps clients abreast of EU GDPR, APAC and other global regimes and advises clients from tech startups to the largest e-commerce companies, technology, global cloud service providers and venture capital firms. It also advises a number of industry bodies. Of late, its work spans, data handling including international data transfers, localization requirements, healthcare apps, digital payment systems and data breaches. Principal associate, Sreenidhi Srinivasan advises on data governance and cyber security and Aman Taneja assists clients with IP as well as issues relating to online content regulation and data breaches.

Testimonials

‘The team has a strong ‘data’ practice with a culture of looking data policies over a good period of time. They are able to respond on time and execute well both of which are necessary in the sector. The team is able to combine legal knowledge and policy awareness in their service offerings.’

‘The individual team members are young, competent, hungry and humble. I would rate Sreenidhi highly in the team who works with dedication and commitment. ’

‘The team at Ikigai Law is highly competent when it comes to data governance laws. Our experience with Nehaa Chaudhari and her team has been remarkably good for both personal data privacy regulations as well as India’s draft non personal data governance framework. The team has very high levels of understanding in regards to data-oriented businesses and data laws across jurisdictions. We have engaged the data protection team of Ikigai Law many a times in past for conducting orientation sessions and detailed training programs on GDPR and Indian PDP Bill and they team could bring in a lot of value on the table. The data protection team at Ikigai Law is razor sharp and well versed with the relevant data laws around EU, Asia Pacific, and India.’

‘We have worked with Nehaa Chaudhari and her team. We found them extremely competent in assessing the business impact of some of these newly drafted data privacy and protection laws around the world. Nehaa is highly professional in her commitments and brings on board perspectives which people often tend to overlook but may be extremely fatal for businesses. She is very articulative and has a high degree of understanding of data economy. She is also extremely good in her communication and can bring out her case without much persuasion. ’

Key clients

Mobile Premier League

Cutting Chai Content

NASSCOM

Data Security Council of India

Sequoia Capital

MedoPlus

Shaip.AI

1Tab

Aviyel

Work highlights

  • Advising MPL, one of India’s largest digital gaming platforms, on its data-handling practices, in anticipation of India’s upcoming data protection law and global best practices.
  • Advised CCC, a content production company, creating a first-of-its-kind mobile app to collect video-based consent for data collection.
  • Advising DCSI on providing recommendations for a well-balanced encryption policy.

India > Financial services regulatory Tier 2

With a ‘deep understanding of regulations in Fintech, Ikigai Law is a young firm with a core focus on technology and innovation. It assists clients ranging from start-ups to large tech companies with the set-up and regulatory issues involved in digital payments and lending, neo-banking, and digital finance generally. It has also been involved in a number of matters concerning cryptocurrency exchanges; this expertise is combined with a full range of tech expertise including cyber security and e-commerce generally. Based in Delhi, Anirudh Rastogi, Nehaa Chaudhari and Aparajita Srivastava lead the practice. Of the junior members of the team, Astha Shrivastava is valued for her fintech-related regulatory experience.

Practice head(s):

Anirudh Rastogi; Nehaa Chaudhari;Aparajita Srivastava

Other key lawyers:

Astha Shrivastava

Testimonials

‘Ikigai team brings required legal expertise. A young team of professionals with well-rounded knowledge of law and practices helps clients get what they wish to have. They deliver value for money. Their strength lies in technology and allied laws and they are best at it.’

‘Aparajita and Astha came across as very polite and most importantly curious to deliver the best. Conversation with the team has been accurate, brief and concise, which any client would want. Their work has been to the mark.’

‘Ikigai is a niche law firm with a very strong regulatory practice. The Partner and the team has a deep understanding of regulations in Fintech sector and also suggest ways to make compliant frameworks.’

‘The people I worked with were Aparajita Srivastava (Partner) and Astha Shrivastava (Senior Associate) on a regulatory issue. I feel they have a deep understanding of RBI regulations and have always been available to resolve the smallest of the queries from the company. Their biggest USP is that they don’t only analyse the regulations and industry practices but also come up with compliant frameworks.’

Key clients

CoinDCX

Chiliz

Zaakpay (MobiKwik subsidiary)

Zaggle

Fello

Cred

FamPay

VaultPe

Zebi

Tide

Work highlights

  • Advised Zaakpay on its application to the RBI for authorisation to operate as a payment aggregator in India.
  • Advised CoinDCX on restructuring its global operations on account of regulatory changes in India (i.e., the Supreme Court verdict on banning cryptocurrency transactions) and Singapore (i.e., compliance with the Payment Services Act 2019).
  • Advised FamPay on the launch of India’s first numberless payments card, specifically targeted at teenagers.

India > TMT Tier 2

Ikigai Law specialises in an array of technology and innovation matters, working with start-ups and mature companies alike on commercial, regulatory, and policy-based mandates. Core competencies include contract development and negotiation, UX modelling, and strategic policy advice. Founding partner Anirudh Rastogi is a key contact for numerous cutting-edge entities in the tech space seeking advice on a host of transactional and regulatory issues. Nehaa Chaudhari heads up the firm’s tech-focused public policy practice, advising numerous clients on IT and data governance regulation throughout South Asia and beyond. Aparajita Srivastava heads up the dedicated fintech and regulatory offering, with recent highlights including instructions from businesses in the payment services and consumer goods sectors. Sreenidhi Srinivasan is noted for her expertise in data governance and cyber security.  All named lawyers are based in New Delhi.

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Testimonials

‘They have a diverse team covering different areas across TMT. Being able to cross-leverage different specialties in data, competition and IP is an added asset. The team is swift in execution and disciplined in implementation.’

‘Individuals stand out because they are competent and humble. Given the many clients in the TMT practice, they have a strong edge in delivery over other competitors.’

‘Ikigai’s TMT practice is outstanding for such a young firm – they are able to cover a whole range of new and emerging areas and industries that many firms are yet to catch up to.’

‘The dedication and discipline of the team at Ikigai is reflected in their work and their client base as well as the output they are able to show. The team is always one step ahead, and able to anticipate client and industry needs.’

Key clients

Navi

Mobile Premier League

Godly

Nasccom

Zaakpay

Zaggle

Stage

Cutting Chai Content

IAMAI

WellPlayed Inc

Work highlights

  • Undertook a comprehensive review of the MPL platform to assess regulatory compliance across data protection, IP, advertising laws, platform liability, payments regulation and KYC.
  • Helped NASSCOM examine how data transfers between the EU and India will be affected by the Schrems II ruling of the European Court of Justice.
  • Advised Navi on future-proofing its product by stress-testing customer journey against India’s proposed data protection law.

India > Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 3

At Ikigai Law, the aviation practice group specialises in technology and innovation matters in the aerospace area, and handles complex regulatory issues for leading clients. Managing partner Anirudh Rastogi oversees the team, and advises on a range of matters, including commercial contracts, satellite manufacturing, and litigation involving drone technology for defence companies. Indian space-tech start-ups often consult the team on contract negotiations for satellite launches; Nehaa Chaudhari is recommended for advising tech start-ups.

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Testimonials

‘My team regularly goes to the firm for advice on government tenders in the defence and aerospace sectors and for regulatory, contractual and pre-dispute advice. Some practical advice in the past has helped us avoid significant litigation. I have found the Ikigai team to be very solution-oriented, which I have sometimes found to be missing in other law firms’ teams.’

’We receive regular updates from the team on industry and legal developments which are typically a cut above the rest. It is a passionate, driven team that we can look at as a partner to our business.’

‘Nehaa Chaudhari has advised us on policy issues. She has an eye on what’s happening in the industry and with the regulator which is very helpful. Anirudh Rastogi has been a sounding board for us for several years and we go to him for all our strategic calls. We also receive good support from the associates.’

Work highlights